I’m around people that care about their health and fitness all the time. It’s no secret that these same people love to talk about their health and fitness nonstop. The good news is people tend to chat about how to make themselves and others better. I hear them talking about different stretches, great new recipes, how many hours of sleep they’re getting, some new vitamin or supplement, etc.
I love hearing that someone made a better choice at dinnertime or went to bed early because they want to train hard in the gym the next day.
What I rarely hear people talking about is stress. This is unfortunate because stress can have a huge negative impact on your training and your overall health.
Are you stressed? Dealing with jobs, kids, family, friends, pets, etc. tends to leave everyone a little stressed from time to time.
How do you know you’re stressed? Listen to your body. Look for:
- Changes in your sleep
- Not being able to fall asleep
- Not being able to wake up
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Changes in appetite
- Not being hungry, not eating at all
- Not being able to eat enough
- Lack of energy
- Skin issues
- Breaking out
- Craving for sweets, processed and fatty foods (more than normal)
- Difficulty recovering from workouts or minor injuries
- Changes in weight
What to do about it?
Well, the good news is that working out can actually be a stress reliever. The bad news is adding tough workouts on top of an already stressful day can do more harm than good so make sure you’re listening to your body. (Mood, resting heart rate, level of soreness, irritability, motivation)
When you’re feeling particularly stressed here are a few things you can do:
- Go for a walk
- Don’t time it, just go outside and walk
- Make time for recovery
- Get a massage, meditate, do some light stretching
- Try to get some sleep
- Skip the workout. If you don’t have deadlines, just relax. Then get right back to training when you’re feeling better
Managing your stress just might be the key to a healthier and happier life. Don’t stress about it!
Coach Mike N
Currently making time for recovery after some tough workouts.